December 31, 2007

Social Justice and Responsibility—>great people,great thoughts

Filed under: life, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 8:38 pm

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced freedom from the need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I gang my own gait and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude–a feeling which increases with the years. One is sharply conscious, yet without regret, of the limits to the possibility of mutual understanding and sympathy with one’s fellow-creatures. Such a person no doubt loses something in the way of geniality and light-heartedness; on the other hand, he is largely independent of the opinions, habits, and judgments of his fellows and avoids the temptation to take his stand on such insecure foundations.” (Albert Einstein, The world as I see it)


  1. I appreciate Albert Einstein and his thinking, but have a hard time understanding his “need for solitude – a feeling which increases with the years.” Maybe I am not old enough to understand this need for solitude.

    Comment by Paul Schneider — September 7, 2009 @ 1:38 am

  2. @Paul

    welcome to my blog 🙂

    Comment by faisal — September 7, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  3. I myself do not understand Einstein’ need for solitude, but i enter solitude for peace of mind so that my sense of creativity can flourish it gives me time to explore the unknown to answer my own questions of our universe.

    Comment by rob — March 28, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  4. @Rob


    Comment by faisal — March 30, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

  5. I hardly mean to compare my intelligence, originality, or creativity to Einstein’s, but I do share (but to a lesser degree) his need for solitude. I have had a love-hate relationship with my talents. I write, I (more in the past than now) play my guitar and sing folk music, and I love doing landscape photography. I have also been reading and writing on the search for the historical Jesus, Christian beginnings, and the formation of Christianity (from a non-believer’s point of view. It has often felt like having three mistresses–being tugged here and tugged there. The end result has been the opposite of Einstein’s: jack of a few trades and master of none. But I’ve never liked small talk, like my time alone, crave it, prefer vacationing in the mountains than in any crowded places, and generally do not go out to many community affairs or entertainment venues. I have a handful of friends. We deeply respect one another but are not deeply involved in one another’s lives. We talk and share much about our lives and appreciate the other’s view.

    Comment by Steve Brudney — December 30, 2011 @ 12:04 am

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